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degree  


      n  
1    a stage in a scale of relative amount or intensity  
a high degree of competence     
2    an academic award conferred by a university or college on successful completion of a course or as an honorary distinction (honorary degree)  
3    any of three categories of seriousness of a burn  
   See       burn   1       22  
4    (in the U.S.) any of the categories into which a crime is divided according to its seriousness  
first-degree murder     
5      (Genealogy)   a step in a line of descent, used as a measure of the closeness of a blood relationship  
6      (Grammar)   any of the forms of an adjective used to indicate relative amount or intensity: in English they are positive, comparative, and superlative  
7      (Music)   any note of a diatonic scale relative to the other notes in that scale  
D is the second degree of the scale of C major     
8    a unit of temperature on a specified scale  
the normal body temperature of man is 36.8 degrees Celsius.        (Symbol)    °      See also       Celsius scale       Fahrenheit scale  
9    a measure of angle equal to one three-hundred-and-sixtieth of the angle traced by one complete revolution of a line about one of its ends.,   (Symbol)    °      See also       minute   1       2       second   2       2  
  
Compare  
    radian  
10   
a    a unit of latitude or longitude, divided into 60 minutes, used to define points on the earth's surface or on the celestial sphere  
b    a point or line defined by units of latitude and/or longitude.,   (Symbol)    °  
11    a unit on any of several scales of measurement, as for alcohol content or specific gravity.,   (Symbol)    °  
12      (Maths)  
a    the highest power or the sum of the powers of any term in a polynomial or by itself  
x4 + x + 3 and xyz2 are of the fourth degree     
b    the greatest power of the highest order derivative in a differential equation  
13    Obsolete   a step; rung  
14    Archaic   a stage in social status or rank  
15    by degrees   little by little; gradually  
16    to a degree   somewhat; rather  
17    degrees of frost      See       frost       3  
     (C13: from Old French degre, from Latin de- + gradus step, grade)  
  degreeless      adj  


degree day  
      n   a day on which university degrees are conferred  
degree-day  
      n   a unit used in estimating fuel requirements in heating buildings. It is equal to a fall of temperature of 1 degree below the mean outside temperature (usually taken as 18°C) for one day  
degree of freedom  
      n  
1      (Physics)   one of the minimum number of parameters necessary to describe a state or property of a system  
2    one of the independent components of motion (translation, vibration, and rotation) of an atom or molecule  
3      (Chem)   one of a number of intensive properties that can be independently varied without changing the number of phases in a system  
   See also       phase rule  
4      (Statistics)   one of the independent unrestricted random variables constituting a statistic  
first-degree burn  
      n     (Pathol)      See       burn   1       22  
second-degree burn  
      n     (Pathol)      See       burn   1       22  
third degree  
      n  
Informal   torture or bullying, esp. used to extort confessions or information  
third-degree burn  
      n     (Pathol)      See       burn   1       22  
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